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New student and Family Convocation - August 21, 2021

We would like to invite all fall 2021 admitted freshmen, transfer and graduate students to attend.

In early August, new students will receive a code via their SDSUid Gmail account that will allow them to claim up to three (3) tickets per student.

The nineteenth annual New Student and Family Convocation will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 in Viejas Arena. New Student and Family Convocation serves as the official welcome to all new students and their families to the SDSU community. 

We would like to invite all fall 2021 admitted freshmen, transfer and graduate students to attend. In early August, new students will receive a code via their SDSUid Gmail account that will allow them to claim up to three (3) tickets per student.

College Assignments

The events will be ticketed with a livestream component for those who do not wish to attend in person. To allow for physical distancing, we will host two ceremonies on August 21. Colleges have been assigned to a ceremony, as listed below. 

  • Morning: 10 am - 11 am, pre-show 9:30 am to feature live performances
    • Fowler College of Business
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts
    • Faculty Advancement & Student Success (Undeclared)
  • Afternoon: 2 pm - 3 pm, pre-show 1:30 pm to feature live performances
    • College of Arts & Letters
    • College of Education
    • College of Health & Human Services
    • College of Sciences

Ticketing Information

New Student and Family Convocation will be a ticketed event. New students will have the opportunity to claim up to three tickets (this includes the student ticket), to attend New Student and Family Convocation with their family. The tickets will be assigned based on the major the student was admitted to SDSU for fall 2021.

The first week of August, new students will receive a code via email to claim their New Student and Family Convocation tickets via Ticketmaster.

Public Health Guidelines

Following the guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health for large-scale events currently in place, New Student and Family Convocation will abide by the following guidelines: 

  • A maximum of 4,900 attendees total per ceremony.
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccine will not be required for students and families to attend based on CDPH guidelines for large events.
  • Facial coverings will be required during the ceremony. 

COVID-19 WARNING: 

Ticketholder acknowledges an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any place where people gather. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Ticketholder shall assume all risks, hazards, and dangers arising from or relating in any way to the risk of contracting a communicable disease or illness — including, without limitation, exposure to COVID-19 or any other bacteria, virus, or other pathogen capable of causing a communicable disease or illness, whether that exposure occurs before, during, or after the event, and regardless of how caused or contracted — and Ticketholder hereby waives any and all claims and potential claims against the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, San Diego State University, Associated Students of San Diego State University and all of their officers, employees and agents — and against any companies affiliated with the State of California, the Trustees of the California State University, San Diego State University, Associated Students of San Diego State University and all of their officers, employees and agents — relating to such risks, hazards, and dangers.

What is New Student and Family Convocation?

Convocation serves as your induction into the university. This free annual event is designed specifically for new members of the SDSU community and symbolically represents their embarkation on a new academic journey. It is designed for ALL newly admitted fall 2021 students — including freshmen, transfer and graduate students and their families. It promotes the institutional values of scholarship, citizenship and leadership. At convocation, faculty, students and administrators will officially welcome new students and their families. 

The ceremony is an important step as students and their families recognize their entrance into the university community. It also serves to "bookend" each student's collegiate experience, with convocation as the opening ceremony and commencement as the final goal. Students will be presented to the Dean of their college.

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